WYDOT studies effectiveness of reflectors for reducing wildlife collisions

Oct 31, 2012

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is trying to determine whether reflectors posted at the side of roads help reduce wildlife collisions.

WYDOT’s Cody Beers says the reflectors are meant to bounce light along the roadside when cars pass, so the animals know not to cross the roads.

“Over the last 20 years there’s been roughly seventy-five thousand documented wildlife-vehicle collisions in the state of Wyoming,” Beers said. “So it’s our hope that we can save lives and save animals’ lives.”

WYDOT installed the reflectors on roads near Riverton, Thermopolis and Greybull several years ago, but this is the first time they’re studying whether or not the reflectors are effective.